Cllr Abdi Aden is the new Mayor of Brent after being elected as the borough's first citizen at the council's Annual General Meeting.
He took over the chains of office from Lia Colacicco this evening (18 May) in a ceremony attended by councillors and community representatives.
Born and raised in Somalia, Cllr Aden moved to the UK in 1990. He has lived in Brent ever since, working for the Royal Mail for the last 22 years. With a passion for community cohesion, Cllr Aden volunteered for the Stonebridge Somali Centre for a few years before being elected to serve as a councillor for Stonebridge in 2010.
In his maiden mayoral speech, Cllr Aden said: